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Osogbo Community Protests Against Sect Activities

Posted: Jan 10, 2016 at 10:57 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Gbenga Faturoti, OSOGBO.

Residents of Kelebe community in Olorunda Local Government Area of Osun state on Sunday protested the activities of a strange sect practising three religions.

The angry members of the community expressed fear over the continued operations of the sect in the community and demanded for the relocation of its worship centre from the community.

The residents who trooped out in their hundreds said the sect known as Oju Ona Satia Worldwide Ministry claimed to be operating three in one religion- Muslim, Christianity and traditional religion.

It was learnt that fear had besieged members of the Kelebe Community last year  when the sect group also known as Toriqat Satia Organisation built it worship centre in the community.

The protest which started around 7:00am, at a time the religious sect members were gathering for their weekly ‘service’ saw old and young residents of the community wielding placards while chanting songs to drive home their agitation.

Trouble had started when residents of the community, most of whom had shunned their various Sunday services stormed the building where the sect members were gathering for their service and demanded their relocation from the community.

The aggrieved protesters accused them of ritual activities and practising what they described as strange religion in the community.

Angered by the actions of the protesters who ransacked the sect’s worship centre in search of possible fetish items, members of the sect led by their leader, Mukaila Tiamiyu confronted some of the community leaders who led the protest thus leading to a serious clash.

But for timely intervention of a team of policemen from Oke-Odo Police Division, the situation would had evolved a tragic dimension as the protesters threatened to burn down the building being used by the religious group.

Some of the placards paraded by the protesters read: “Toriqat Satia Orgnisation is a ritual group and we don’t want them”, “We don’t want kidnappers and ritualists in Kelebe Community”, “All Zones In Kelebe Reject Oluwasatia Worldwide Ministry, they are dangerous people,” among others.

Speaking, the Chairman of Kelebe Community, Alhaji Ismail Adeniyi said the presence of the sect has brought fear to members of the community because their operations are strange to them.

He said the community has petitioned the Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun, the Commissioner of Police in the state, the Directorate of State Service, Muslim leaders and Christian Association of Nigeria on the strange activities of the sect group.

Adeniyi vowed that the community would not relent until the sect group leave the community saying residents can no longer move freely owing to the presence of the sect’s building in the community.

Reacting, the leader of the controversial ministry, Mukaila Tiamiyu debunked the accusation that the group is ritualistic claiming that the religious organisation is registered with Corporate Affairs Commission.

Tiamiyu said there about eleven branches of the religious movement in Osun state wondering why the community would be protesting their stay in the community.

He vowed to resist any attempt by the community to stop their activities maintaining that the group is recognised by law.

When contacted, the Public Relations Officer of the Osun state Police Command, Mrs Folasade Odoro said she was not aware of the protest but said she would find out.